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72% Indians Support Govt Spending On Green Technologies: Report

7 in 10 urban Indians endorse government spending on subsidies to make environment friendly technologies cheaper (solar panels, electric vehicles)

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At least 7 in 10 urban Indians (72 per cent)  endorse government spending on subsidies to make environment friendly technologies cheaper, e.g.  solar panels, electric vehicles etc, shows a survey.

"Some of the policy changes can offset the impact on climate change and further degradation. There is a strong case for adoption of environment friendly technologies with a lower carbon foot print like solar panels and electric vehicles. Govt investment to provide accessability to more number of people, through building of infrastructure and making it easy on the pocket, will lead to greater adoption," says Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India.

Ipsos Global survey was conducted around the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference more commonly referred to as the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCC or COP 27 Summit is underway in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh, 06th-18th Nov, 2022, which aims to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. A treaty endorsed and crtiticized for combating climate change.     

Urban Indians support many other policy changes to combat the adverse impact of climate change. 

According to the survey, 69 per cent urban Indians support incentives for investing in green financial products and services, like pensions; 64 per cent urban Indians polled support changing product pricing to make environmentally friendly products cheaper and environmentally damaging products more expensive;  64 per cent urban Indians support giving more road space to pedestrians and cyclists, at the expense of motorists ; 58 per cent support increasing taxes on more environmentally damaging travel, for example for flights, diesel vehicles etc.; 57 per cent support banning petrol/ gas, diesel powered vehicles from central areas in cities and towns to create vehicle free zones; 57 per cent urban Indians support higher taxes on red meat and dairy products that have a bigger carbon footprint; 56 per cent support requiring all food outlets to provide vegan options, among others.

About 54 per cent urban Indians believe the onus about educating the public about actions to combat climate change lies with the government departments/ ministers/ elected officials. 43 per cent feel it is the responsibility of local government and 37 per cent put the onus on news media. 

Global citizens too put the primary responsibility on govt departments (59 per cent), local govt (43 per cent) and news media (34 per cent). 

With the crisis around climate change brimming over, while the responsibility lies with everyone to save the planet, but the power custodians can set the tone in the implementation and awareness generation campaign to reduce more harm to the planet by informed actions," added Adarkar.

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